Hotel Britannia Excelsior

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior represents good value for money in a great location on Lake Como. The lake's a stone's throw away and this is where you'll find the hotel's best feature - the floating pool. Take a dip or park yourself on a sun lounger for the day and enjoy drinks from the bar. 

The ferry port's not far from the hotel so you've got great links to other resorts on Lake Como. If you fancy a walk, head south towards Tremezzo where you can stop for a drink and a spot of lunch. It’s about two and a half kilometres each way and the footpath follows the lake. 

The hotel dates back to the 19th Century and you'll find traditional furnishings and décor throughout. We've chosen Deluxe Rooms for our guests that offer more space and comfortable amenities. With the platinum all-inclusive upgrade included as standard with Inghams, you'll find you have plenty of choice when it comes to dining. Take advantage of the à la carte restaurants and enjoy authentic pasta dishes in Simply Pasta and uninterrupted lake views at our favourite, the Lido di Cadenabbia Restaurant where they serve an all you can eat Brazilian barbecue (reservations are required for à la carte restaurants). You'll be able to choose a range of local drinks including spirits and tea & coffee at three bars, including those at the sister hotel, Bazzoni. End your evenings in the hotel's main bar, located on the bottom floor, where you can enjoy a drink and live music.

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.

  • No. of rooms: 284
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 6
  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €2 per person per night is payable locally.

Cots are available on request for approx. €15 per day, payable locally.


Deluxe Rooms are the upgraded rooms of the hotel. They have plenty of space and can sleep up to three people. The third bed is a single sofa bed. Facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, fridge, hairdryer and shower. Rooms with a lake view and lake view & balcony are available for a supplement.

Single Rooms with a French bed are available on request, please call to book.

Double Rooms for Single Use are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 8
  • Access ramp: No

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.


St. Moritz & the Bernina Express (full day)

Leave Lake Como and travel by coach into the majestic Val Valtellina, stopping for coffee in the small town of Tirano, before boarding the magnificent Bernina Express. This spectacular journey then travels past glaciers and over dramatic gorges before arriving in St. Moritz. You’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy a spot of lunch (payable locally) in this picturesque town. The return to Lake Como by coach is just as scenic and follows the road through the Maloja pass, stopping in the historic town of Chiavenna where you’ll find cobbled streets and local boutiques.

Departs: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: from £58pp.

Milan (full day)

Enjoy a full day excursion visiting the fashion capital of Italy. An expert guide with show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle, which was once considered one of Europe’s greatest fortresses. Your excursions continues by coach where you’ll enjoy a full commentary by your guide as you drive around the city. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue by foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore and maybe do a spot of shopping.

Departs: Tuesdays from mid May to September

Price: £53pp.

Lake Orta & Stresa

Lake Orta is one of Italy’s prettiest lakes and oozes romance. Its picturesque cobbled streets are too narrow for cars, which makes it a pleasure to wander around as you discover local shops, charming cafes and lovely lake views. When you’ve had enough time to explore, the tour continues to Lake Maggiore and the lakefront resort of Stresa. A private boat will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid October

Price: £58pp. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbienello (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing it’s most beautiful villas and spectacular gardens. Built at the end of the 18th century, the villa now belongs to the FIA, Italy’s version of the National Trust. Wander through the villa and admire exquisitely-furnished interiors and a vast art collection. The manicured gardens are a delight to walk through and you can enjoy stunning lake views from many spots in the garden.

Departs: Sundays from mid May to mid October

Price: £49pp. 

Piona Abbey & Wine Tasting (approx. 6 hours)

The impressive Piona Abbey sits at the peninsula of Olgiasca and enjoys fantastic views over the lake. Spend some time enjoying these and the lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the Abbey, which is still inhabited by Cistercian Monks. In the afternoon you’ll a tasting of two local wines in a historic wine cellar.

Departs: Thursdays from mid May to September

Price: £51pp.

Como & Lake Lugano (full day)

Start your day in the charming town of Como where you can admire its lakefront piazza and stunning cathedral. Continue by coach to Lugano, one of Switzerland's most elegant towns. Visit the wonderful Via Nassa and the square of Riforma with their striking buildings and exclusive shops or choose to spend time in the town's pretty park.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £56pp.

Bergamo (full day)

Bergamo has been described as the open air museum in the world. Birthplace of opera writer Gaetano Donizetti, this small city is brimming with history. Medieval towers look out over cobbled streets and charming piazzas, and there are wonderful views at every turn. You’ll begin your day here with some free time to explore before meeting an expert city guide for an interesting walking tour of Bergamo.

Departs: Thursdays from May to late September

This excursion is only bookable locally in resort (subject to minimum numbers) for €60pp.

Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for our suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.

  • Floating pool with great views of Lake Como
  • Pool towels are available for approx. €8 per person for seven days' use.
  • Rospo water shuttle service May to Sep to Hotel Bazzoni and Bellagio (payable locally for approx. €2 per person per day, not available during summer 2021) 
  • Evening mini bus service to Hotel Bazzoni
  • Evening entertainment most nights, including themed live music nights
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Porterage (approx. €3.50 per person)
  • Free parking
  • Garage (payable locally)

Inghams guests have the Platinum All Inclusive Package, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and a larger range of dining options than the standard package.

There are four restaurants to choose from at the Britannia; Britannia Buffet, Lido a la carte, Lido Pizzeria and the Floating Pool Chiurasco, as well as these restaurants at Hotel Bazzoni; Bazzoni Buffet and Simply Pasta. You can eat at all of these restaurants for no additional cost but reservations are required for a la carte dining. 

The package also includes drinks, cocktails and selected brands of spirits and liquors at the bars in both hotels. 

If you're planning on heading out for the day you can order a packed lunch, at reception the day before (order by 7pm) and it will be ready for you the next morning. 

Britania Buffet is the main restaurant at the hotel where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. A continental buffet breakfast is served from 7am - 10am and hot options are available from 8am - 9.30am. There are three show cooking islands so you can watch the chefs at work, cooking up fresh tasty options like pizza and pasta for lunch and dinner. Open for lunch from 12pm - 2pm and dinner from 6.30pm - 9pm.

Lido a la Carte is on the lake edge and offers local cuisine with pool views. You can have breakfast here with waiter service too. It's close to the hotel's beach and has its’ own bar serving all-inclusive drinks (excluding spirits) from 10am until 6pm from May to September. 

Lido Pizzeria is also on the roof terrace with amazing views. 

Floating Pool Chiurasco Restaurant is beside the hotel's floating pool. The restaurant has a seating area over the lake and serves things like fresh fish and pasta dishes. 

Floating Pool Cocktail Bar is also beside the pool. There's often live music here too (normally open May to September).

The Main Bar is downstairs and has a large seating area. Platinum all inclusive drinks are included in the price. Open 8am - 11pm.

Board basis options available

  • All Inclusive

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please notify us at the time of booking for any dietary requirements.

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.2355902
  • Latitude: 45.9923233
  • Location Description:
    • Central location in Cadenabbia
    • Lakefront position
    • 50 meters to ferry port
    • 10 meters to bus stop

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